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tonight, nbc news exclusive, could a tragic inferno have been stopped? new video showing authorities inside the warehouse weeks before dozens perished. what we've learned about potential missed opportunities. lash arrest in the apparent road rage death of a foer nfl star, a sheriff unloads in a tirade filled with profanity and racial slurs. trump's billion dollar threat over the price of the new air force one, the president-elect using the bully pulpit against another big american company. l.a. terror threat. stepped up security, passengers being
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feds go public with a chilling phone call. and dangerous new research. how an even hour less sleep increases your risk. "nightly news" begins right now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. i'm tamron hall in for lester. tonight we begin in california, where nbc news has exclusively obtained new video that gives us a california, warehouse, not long before it went up in flames, killing 36 people. and now, this video could raise even more questions about what people who live there call an open secret. did authorities know that lives could be in danger well before the inferno? nbc's stephanie gosk starts us off in oakland. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, tamron. tonight, fire officials say they don't expect the death
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meanwhile, nbc news has learned that the oakland police were inside that warehouse as recently as two months ago. exclusive video obtained by nbc news, shows oakland police officers in the warehouse known as the ghost ship in october of this year. part of an incident residents say, tied to a neighbor's party. landlord derek almena, helped police get access to the warehouse rooftop. >> through my space, up my ladder to save a kid on the ro >> reporter: the police department wouldn't comment, citing the investigation. nbc news has learned from interviews and records that city and county officials had multiple opportunities in the last two years, to address possible safety concerns. starting with fire inspections. the city of oakland requires them for commercial and residential properties. every year. the head of the firefighters union zach unger told us he worries those inspections never took
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they need? >> no, not nearly. >> reporter: there talk amongst firefighters that there are buildings that are unsafe in the city. >> absolutely. >> reporter: a third possible missed opportunity, child protective services visited the property. almena said they were inspecting after the state had taken custody of his three children. we're told fire safety is supposed to be an important part of their assessment. the city also received multiple complaints in the lawo about the property. but residents say no contact was ever made with them. we reached out to the mayor's office for comment, but did not get a response. the worst fire in oakland's history, many wondering tonight if officials missed possible warnings. stephanie gosk, nbc news, oakland. >> reporter: this is gadi schwartz in oakland, california. tonight, video from inside the ghost ship, posted online by a director and filmmaker
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the man who rented the space on the "today" show this morning, lashing out after questions over whether he was responsible. >> i'm an honorable man, i'm a proud man. no, i'm not going to answer these questions on this level. i would rather get on the floor and be trampled by the parents. i'm so sorry, i'm incredibly sorry. what do you want me to say? i'm not going to sdwr these questions! >> reporter: but for those who survived the night of the fire any anger gives way to joel shannon was there headlining the underground concert. >> it was hell. we just had to watch the exit for hours and just wait. and they never came out. >> reporter: two of his friends among those killed. investigators saying inside the cluttered space, the victims likely died quickly from smoke inhalation. some of the remains found holding one another. alex hassan, the man who instragrammed this video from inside the
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young daughters. the tragic list of those lost, too long to comprehend. a at a vigil, artists, musicians, poets, teachers, all remembered. ? ? >> reporter: nick wal rath, an upand coming lawyer, still listed as missing. >> i looked up to him in so many ways. >> reporter: his last text message, fire, i love you. >> we were best friends. >> reporter: families remembering those who celebrated life in what was supposed artists, now reduced to ash and debris. gadi schwartz, nbc news, oakland, california. now to new developments in a shocking case of alleged road rage. a suspect has now been charged in the shooting death of former nfl player joe mcknight, after public outrage over his initial release last week. as our black mccoy tells us today, the sheriff lashed out at those critics in a press conference filled with slurs and
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shooting former nfl player joe mcknight in a case of road rage, has been arrested. ronald gasser, now charged with manslaughter, after initially being released last week. >> he was somebody's son! >> reporter: a decision that sparked public outcry, especially when it was revealed gasser had been arrested for road rage before, at the same intersection ten years ago. those charges dropped. >> so for those who have criticized the men and women of this organization and strategy decisions that we made relative to that, tough. >> reporter: a defensive and combative sheriff, reading some of the messages elected officials in jefferson parish, louisiana, have received for backing his decision to give the investigation more time. >> we saw you sell out to them, you rat [ bleep ] punk. >> reporter: the sheriff says since last thursday 160 witness interviews, 70
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for potential surveillance video and multiple crime scene re-enactments. investigators say that evidence suggests mcknight cut off gasser, who then sped after mcknight, the two involved in verbal altercations. at a red light four miles later, mcknight pulled up next to gasser's vehicle, got out and approached his car, that's when gasser shot mcknight three times. gasser remained on scene as a bystander performed cpr. >> i can't believe it. >> reporter: mcknight's family spoke to nbc over the weekend. >> we just want to just take everything day by day. we don't want to jump to any conclusions. >> reporter: ronald gasser is said to be cooperating with authorities and was interviewed for 12 hours without an attorney. tonight he's being held here on $500,000 bond. tamron? >> blake, thank you. now to politics and president-elect donald trump's sparking a new controversy over air
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social media to criticize an american business. this time, he's threatening to cancel an order for new presidential planes from aviation giant boeing. we get details from nbc's hallie jackson. >> reporter: the president-elect's preferred plane -- >> i don't know what i'd do without the airplane. >> reporter: his own. a boeing. made by the company he's targeting today, threatening to cancel a contract for two new presidential planes, upgrades he says he >> i think it's ridiculous. i think boeing is doing a little bit of a number. we want boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money. >> reporter: donald trump's tweet to cancel the order for the future air force ones, sent boeing stock into a slide before it bounced back. the aviation company saying in a statement, it looks forward to delivering the best planes for the president at the best value for the american taxpayer. its ceo, in a report published before trump's tweet, suggesting trump's trade proposals,
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some experts warn, it's too early to say the boeing contract is too expensive. >> i think the president-elect took to twitter before he really understood the details. we don't know what this program is going to cost, because the air force hasn't said yet what the plane needs to do. >> reporter: military sources tell nbc news, the planes must be able to survive a nuclear blast and communicate with those on the ground under any circumstances. but donald trump's trying to show he's changing how the government does bu >> i think he is being a good steward of our dollars, our american dollars. >> reporter: to some, his boeing threat, an example of the businessman they elected, doing exactly what they'd hoped. >> overall, is there anything that the president-elect could do once he takes office that would cause you to really rethink your support of him? >> if he stops being donald trump. >> reporter: the president-elect's continuing his thank you tour here in north carolina, appearing
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secretary pick, general james mattis, but it's the son of another general in the spotlight tonight. michael flin jr, now off the transition team, after defending a fake conspiracy theory online. tamron? >> hallie jackson, thank you very much. passengers on the subway system in los angeles are facing stepped-up security tonight after a phoned-in threat said a specific station would be hit with a terror attack. there are questions about the credibility of the information, but the city says it can't take any chances. we get detail our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: heavily armed police and sheriff's deputies patrol's l.a.'s red line subway after a phoned-in threat said it would be hit today with a suicide bomb attack. they mentioned universal city, a busy stop. passengers boarding had their bags and backpacks searched. >> i'm not super comfortable, but i have to get to work. >> reporter: law enforcement officials say the call came monday from a payphone
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and word was passed to the u.s. >> next stop is universal city. >> reporter: the mayor made a show of riding the subway today and said the tip was so specific the city had to respond. >> you cannot assign that this is incredible at this point. we're just doing what we do with an abundance of caution. >> reporter: but law enforcement officials say the payphone has been used to make hoax officials before. l.a. officials were shutting down schools after a bomb threat that was a hoax. the mayor said, he had no choice but to beef up security and go public. pete williams, nbc news, washington. turning now overseas where tonight we take you inside a daring rescue mission. a brave team risking it all to save women and children from the horrors of isis. nbc's richard engel as the story of those putting their lives on the line to get civilians safely out of mosul.
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lawyer, is filming his secret and extraordinarily dangerous mission. he's just rescued this woman and child from isis captivity, picking them up from a safe house. any passing car could be driven by an isis fighter. they were kidnapped by isis. we had to kidnap them back, he told us later. but he still had to get laila and her 3-year-old son ahmed out of mosul. as u.s.-backed iraqi troops are now mosul, aldaky is racing to get yazidi hostages out before isis kills them or the city is destroyed. yazidi girls are being attacked and raped. isis members kill children right in front of their mothers, he says. isis has targeted the yadiedies, a non-muslim minority for extermination and enslavement. iraq sent helicopters to save thousands, but activists say the
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4,000 yazidis. the women, openly sold as sex slaves. hours later, they make it to safety. laila is welcomed by her relatives. she and her son had been held by isis for over two years. they separated me from my husband, she says, and sold me to an isis fighter to marry. the kidnapper raped her, she says, and his wife beat her son. communities in the middle east, the yazidis have refused to ostracize women who have been sexually abused. i thought i was going to kill myself when they held me, i didn't, because of my child, she says. aldaky has now rescued 173 people. he says he won't stop until he's saved them all. richard engel, nbc news, da huk, iraq. still ahead, driving drowsy. a new warning about the dangers of getting behind the wheel when
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an accident starts climbing fast. 20% of all fatal accidents are thought to involve drowsy driving. here's nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: it's the kind of close call a lot of drivers can relate to. >> [ bleep ]. >> reporter: a lack of sleep, and suddenly -- [ bleep ]. >> your eye lids get ahead and it's like you go into a fog. >> reporter: the decision to drive drowsy karen roberts for years. a new nursing school graduate, she hadn't slept in 24 hours when she got off her christmas shift at cincinnati children's hospital. on her way home, she fell sleep and crashed. >> i was in a coma for nine days and then i was in the hospital for two months. >> reporter: now new research from triple-a suggests your risk of
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each hour of lost sleep. most adults need at least seven hours a night. more than a third of us don't get it. drivers going to five to six hours of sleep are nearly twice as likely to crash. on four to five hours, six times more likely to crash. less than four hours, similar to drunk driving, 11 times more likely to crash. many of us are sleep deprived and just missing an hour or two on a single night and the risk of dramatically. >> so when we nod off, and it feels like all you've done is blink is nod, you've been asleep for two to three seconds. >> reporter: karen still suffers and make full time work impossible. her only wish, that she'd pull over and taken a nap. we're back in a moment with today's grammy nominations, setting the stage between two musical
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this tuesday night. i'm tamron hall in for lester. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today." >> announcer: right now, from milwaukee, this is today's tmj4. live at 6:00. >> right now at 6:00, a plan that would force high school students to start class earlier in the day getting quite a bit of pushback. >> from one community. the proposal would force high school students in racine to set their alarms e last night's board meeting, but parents, teachers and students are voicing their concerns. >> live with the details. >> reporter: steve, shannon, the plan has caused a lot of concern and garnered a lot of interest in racine, so much so that the district was originally planning to implement this for the next school year. now they're saying they're going to postpone the ideao there can be further discussion. >> parents and their teens don't always agree on everything,
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to what time school should start. >> chaotic already in the morning. >> sometimes i'm not even on time. >> i think the older kids have to sleep in the morning to get their brains going. >> the school district proposed changing high school start times from 7:15 a.m. to 7:00, an idea that has raised a lot of concerns. >> the proposal is generally moving us in the wrong direction. >> the president of the racine education association says when the district approached her with this change, she received a lot of concerned res teachers. >> the major concern from teachers is that it's developmentally inappropriate to start high school students at that early a time. >> according to the cdc, high school students should be sleeping between eight and a half to nine and a half hours every night. if they don't, it can lead to weight gain, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, using drugs, and poor academic performance. >> generally speaking, high school kids are not the most alert at that early in the morning, so teaching and


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